King Estate Signature Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
This Pinot Noir is deep garnet, with a bright ruby tint. Aromas of cherry, eucalyptus, raspberry and spice fill the glass. The palate exudes flavors of pomegranate, vanilla, cherry, oak and lavender, with a soft rich entry, nice texture, good weight and a long lively finish.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Pinot Noir Signature Collection was tasted from a barrel sample. It displays a more expressive bouquet than the 2009, excellent depth and concentration, ripe red and black fruit flavors, and a medium-long finish. It reflects the excellence of the 2010 vintage. Give it 1-2 years of additional bottle age and drink it through 2020.
King Estate Winery
King Estate is a sustainably-farmed 1033-acre certified organic vineyard complex and state of the art winery situated atop the rolling slopes in the Coast Range foothills, near the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to world-class vineyards, their estate is home to organic orchards, vegetable gardens, and a host of native wildlife; including cougar and black bear. Organically-farmed and managed as a fully-integrated ecosystem, King Estate is also home to an innovative culinary program whose focus is the synergy of local, organically produced food and wine created just outside the winery doors. King Estate's critically-acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are available through fine restaurants and retailers around the world. View all King Estate Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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8 ratings, 4 with reviewsPs70 - Brooklyn, NY41/27/2013
- Smooth & Supple
Nice Oregon pinot, they have a great dessert wine also. This pinot is well balanced, nice finish.44/4/2012
- Light & Fruity
always good from this vineyard, the 2010 is not quite up to the 08 but excellent51/26/2012
- Smooth & Supple
- Smooth & Supple
I am well aware that Oregon is famous for their Pinot Noirs. Since I have never tried any wines from King Estate I thought that I would give this wine a go. I tried this wine with a friend not soon after it arrived at my door. We both found it to be delightful. It is an earthy style which I would classify to be more of a Burgundian style of Pinot with lots of deep strawberry and jam aromas in the glass. This is a Pinot that many newbies to the wine scene may not be ready for, especially if they are only familiar with a Mark West style of Pinot Noir. I will assuredly buy this wine again and perhaps try some of the other offerings from King Estate!51/16/2012Related Products
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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